French: Micropsitte de Meek German: Meekspechtpapagei Spanish: Microloro de Meek
Other common names: Meek's Pygmy-parrot
Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert, 1914,
Manus, Admiralty Islands.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. meeki
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1914 – Admiralty Is (Manus, Rambutyo, Lou).
M. m. proxima
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1924 – St Matthias Is (Mussau, Eloaua, Emirau).
10 cm. Head dusky grey-brown with light barring, usually with indistinct yellow superciliary; nape and underparts yellow with weak brown edging, giving vague scaled effect;... read more
Calls comprise high-pitched short notes such as “tsit” or “tsee”. Also brief phrases of 2–4... read more
Primary and degraded forest, apparently commoner in latter.
Food and feeding
Seen pecking at small warty protuberances, apparently fungi, on smooth-barked tree; also seen nibbling lichen off tree-trunk.
One nest reported to have been found in arboreal termitarium, only 25 cm above ground; however, the source of this record is unclear. No... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common on Manus and Lou.
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